Wednesday, January 09, 2008


We are back in Busia Kenya. It has been calm here for over a week. Apparently there is still violence in Nairobi and Kisumu, especially last night, when Kibaki announced his cabinet.

Busia seems to be almost entirely back to normal. We have not seen any of the food shortages that have been reported in other parts of the Western Province and Rift Valley. Fuel and mobile phone scratch cards ("airtime") are in short supply. I depend on the airtime for my external dial-up modem, so I have to strictly ration my internet connection time. Thanks again to Aoibheann and Inez for that short wave radio. Long live the BBC world service.

Our clinic is open. Apparently patients came everyday during the week were were closed--even while bullets were flying! Many of them walked or biked more than 20 km from their villages to the clinic and back so that they could get medication refills. We've scared them senseless with our lectures on antiretroviral adherence.

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